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Cade Cunningham Measures 6-8, Montreal Pena Nearly Jumps Out of Gym

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Depending on the recruiting service you view, Cade Cunningham is listed at either 6-foot-6 or 6-7. It looks like he’ll be listed at 6-8 as a Cowboy.

Over the past view (and coming) days, Oklahoma State basketball players are getting their measurements done as well as doing some NBA Draft Combine-esque workouts. On an Instagram Live on Monday, Cunningham, the Cowboys’ star point guard and No. 1 recruit in the 2020 class, said he measured a shoeless 6-7.5.

For reference on just how big Cunningham is, here are the Big 12’s point guards from last season:

Devon Dotson — Kansas — 6-2
Davide Morretti — Texas Tech — 6-3
Davion Mitchell — Baylor — 6-2
De’Vion Harmon — Oklahoma — 6-1
Miles McBride — West Virginia — 6-2
Prentiss Nixon — Iowa State — 6-2
Isaac Likekele — Oklahoma State — 6-4
Edric Dennis — TCU — 6-3
David Sloan — Kansas State — 6-0
Matt Coleman — Texas — 6-2

Rondel Walker’s height was also eye-popping. Recruiting services list Walker at 6-2. Walker tweeted out Friday that he came in at 6-5, 175 pounds. That three inches can make quite the difference for the off-ball guard from Putnam City-West.

The 175 pounds threw up a few flags, and while he will likely need to add some weight in the coming years, Dustin Ragusa pointed out in The Chamber that OKC Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed at 6-5, 180 pounds.

Now, on to the team’s bounce.

It’s again important to note that not everyone’s numbers are out there, but PFB has learned of three players who had at least a 40-inch vertical: Montreal Pena, Isaac Likekele and Avery Anderson.

Pena leapt a ridiculous 42.5 inches. For reference on that, Jalen Lecque’s 43-inch vert was the highest at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine. Pena also measured at 6-10. Luka Samanic was the highest-jumping power forward at last year’s combine at 38 inches.

So needless to say, Pena’s stock is making like his vertical. He’s probably the most mysterious member of OSU’s incoming freshman class. He was the lowest-rated prospect (342nd nationally), he isn’t big on social media and he is an athletic freak.

Likekele’s vertical came in at 41.5 inches, and Avery Anderson jumped 40 flat. Walker tweeted out that he jumped 39.5 inches, so give him a few months with OSU’s strength staff, and he’ll likely be in that 40 range as well.

At last year’s combine six players eclipsed 40 inches of the 58 who jumped. On OSU’s 2020-21 roster alone, three players have jumped that with another one a half-inch away.

 

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